Monday, 12 January 2009

clouds are discarded cleansing pads of a self-conscious adolescent troubled by his plouks


Gordon Mason
Catapult To Mars

(Plouk is a Scottish word for pimple - PLOUK, n.1, v.1 Also plouck, plook, pluk(e), pleuk, pluik, pluck; ploog (Cai. 1903 E.D.D.), plug; peuk. [pluk] I. n. 1. A pustule, pimple (n. and s.Sc. 1808 Jam., pluke, plouk; Sh. 1908 Jak. (1928), 1914 Angus Gl., pluk; Fif., Lth. 1926 Wilson Cent. Scot. 259; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc. and in n.Eng. dial. Also fig. Hence plouky, plooky, plucky, adj., covered with pimples, spotty (Bwk. 1942 Wettstein). Gen.Sc.; plookiness, n., a pimply condition (Sc. 1825 Jam.). Combs. pluke-faced, pimply-faced; whisky plouk)


Crafty Green Poet said...

excellent vivid imagery, and always good to see Scots words!

song of the selkie said...


jem said...

Unexpected but all the more striking for that. I can see those grubby clouds.